After a long time of active development Degate is in a usable state. There are still some bugs and missing features.
Degate will already help you
with your reverse engineering project. The degate software was already used to
extract the DECT Standard Cipher and the encyption algorithm of Legic prime. It was
also used to extract the memory encryption scheme of a common smard card processor
- Degate can handle images, that are very large up to arbitrary large.
- It supports OpenGL, but it should be fast enough, even if you avoid the hassle of getting OpenGL
running on your computer.
- Degate runs on 32 and 64 bit systems, even with low amount of memory.
- Degate matches instances of standard cells by a given template.
- Degate matches wires and vias. (Okay, the recognition rate and the false acceptance rate
highly depends on the image quality.)
- You can manually add and remove objects and connect them electrically.
- You can define regular and irregular grids.
- Degate offers sub-projects. With these you can store overview images and detailed images within
a main project.
- You can define colors for standard cell ports globally, e. g. to make sure, that clock ports
are yellow everywhere.
- Degate stores its data in XML format. So you can use external tools for processing. They are
also human readable, so that you can understand them without documentation.
- You can "bookmark" regions of interest with a feature called "Annotation".
- There is support for Design rule
checks. This should help to detect problems in the reverse engineered logic model. For
example if there is an isolated via next to a wire, then this might indicate an error.
- There is an experimental feature for collaborative tracking of wires and vias.
- Degate can handle placed standard cells, that are a up-down or left-right flipped versions
of a "master" cell.
- Auto-saving and recovery of project data. To be honest, there is a reason for having that. ;)
- Autonaming of placed standard cells: You can set a name in degate for any object. In most
cases it is useful, if you set a name for placed standard cells, that somehow indicates, where
the cell is placed. Therefore the autonaming feature was introduced to automatically
assign names in the format x.y, where x indicates the column and y indicates the row of the
- You can write your own tools for the matching of wires and vias (e. g. in Matlab)
and interface your script with degate.
- You can document standard cell's behavior with VHDL, Verilog and even plain text. Degate can also generate
VHDL and Verilog implementation stubs.
- A circuit's netlist is a description of its structural domain. The netlist is derivable from the logic model.
If you have a behavioural description of all gates, it is possible to generate rolled out VHDL
or Verilog code. From that you can simulate and resynthesize the circuit.
The export of Verilog netlists is already implemented..
Degate helps you to trace wires and vias to complete your netlist. The netlist is somehow implicit. You can
use the Connection Inspector Dialog to inspect connections or you can read the logic model XML file to analyze it on
your own. But both methods are time consuming tasks. The way to go is a graphical representation of
the netlist. Therefore a tool named GateViewer was developed. This tool is currently